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CH Events – Asia Young Designer Summit 2017/18

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The newly-crowned Asia Young Designers of the Year 2017/18 Ng Wai How (Architecture) and Shahmeena Labeeb (Interior Design) proved that they truly had the power to shape tomorrow in their hands, winning them USD5,000 each at the esteemed regional Asia Young Designer Summit 2017/18.

The annual Summit, which saw more than 500 talented design students, judges, industry experts, and lecturers in attendance, is an established platform to nurture the next generation of design talents and to help them increase knowledge within a community of renowned industry professionals and peers across Asia.

In the Architecture category, Ng Wai How, currently pursuing his Master of Architecture from University of Malaya, chose to honour the nation’s fallen heroes. His idea for the War Museum – Extension of ‘Tugu Negara’ (Malaysia’s National Monument) features thematic galleries that use light, shadow and texture for greater impact. The planned site on the lower hill helps preserve the natural landscape as much as possible while paying homage to the original monument without overwhelming it.

“From my childhood memories, I felt a lack of narrativebehind the National Monument. There’s no point to the future if we forget what our ancestors have done in the past, hence my idea was to revive the untoldstory of the monument.This is because we must always remember that sacrifices were made so we could be where we are today,” said Ng.“Participating in the Asia Young Designer Award 2017 with this architectural idea was the best decision I’ve made in my student life!As the Asia Young Designer of the Year 2017/18, I’m eager to use all thedesign advice I have received from the coaches and speakers to make a difference in the world of architecture today.”

In the Interior Design category, Labeeb is a recent graduatein Interior Architecture from Taylor’s University,who centred her idea around the declining population of honeybees around the world. Using an abandoned space in Kuala Lumpur as her site, she designed a project incorporating bee-friendly fruit and vegetable trees, with design elements inspired by honeycombs. Named Plan Bee – City Beekeeping, it creates employment for urban beekeepers and gardeners, with a café and retail space for produce made from honey.

Said Labeeb, “I’m so glad the judges saw the passion and creativity behind my idea! I’m passionate about what I do and Plan Bee was my final year project so this experience greatly broadened my spectrum as a designer. Moreover, the extensive research allowed me to create a design that would benefit the environment as well as people for a better tomorrow. I hope I will inspire other design students to dream big and work towards their goals.”

From left: Mr Yaw Seng Heng, Group Managing Director, Nippon Paint Malaysia; Shahmeena Labeeb from Malaysia, Asia Young Designer of the Year 2017/18 (Interior Design Category), Ng Wai How from Malaysia, Asia Young Designer of the Year 2017/18 (Architecture Category) and Mr Wee Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer, NIPSEA Group.

Mr Wee Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer of NIPSEA Group, said:“At Nippon Paint, we have always prized innovation; our experience and willingness to push boundaries captures the spirit of the Asia Young Designer Award. For us, the theme ‘You for Tomorrow’ represents the future of architecture and interior design, and we are proud to see such a gathering of regional talents and experts united in an industry-wide initiative that lays the foundation for friendships and cross-learning opportunities.”

The Asia Young Designer Summit is the climax of the annual Asia Young Designer Award whereby regional winners from 13 Asian countries namely Bangladesh, China and the region of China including Hong Kong and Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, gather for an intensive learning programme. This includes study tours, and sharing and coaching sessions by renowned industry professionals, besides competing in a regional-level finale for the highly sought-after ‘Asia Young Designer of the Year’ title. This year, the students had the privilege to be inspired by the Malaysian Institute of Architects’ headquarters which achieved platinum rating status under the Green Building Index, the iconic Malaysian landmark Petronas Twin Towers, the repurposed APW creative industrial space, plus other places of interest in Malaysia.

Aimed at nurturing the next generation of design talents, the Summit also saw various expert speakers expounding on topics supporting the theme of ‘You for Tomorrow’. They were: Ar. Amit Gupta and Ar. Britta Knobel Gupta, internationally-acclaimed architects and Founding Partners of Studio Symbiosis (India); Chu Chih-Kang, Founder and Design Director of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design (Taiwan, Region of China) who incorporates Chinese cultural elements with deep cultural connotations in his commercial designs; Dr. Kamran Afshar Naderi, Branch Manager of Artelia Italia Company (Iran) who is a renowned university professor and co-founder of architecture magazine Memar; Nicholas Ho, award-winning Deputy Managing Director of multi-disciplinary architectural practice hpa (Hong Kong, Region of China); and Rene Tan, Founder & Director at RT+Q Architects (Singapore) and 2016 recipient of ‘Designer of the Year’ at the President’s Design Awards.

Images and text courtesy of AYDA / Nippon

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